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Creative Photography

The one year Diploma course in Creative Photography at SACAC introduces students to the world of professional photography with this very profound thought as its core theme.

Through this diploma course in creative photography, SACAC equips its students to translate their passion and creativity for this art form into works of art. In this world – everything is created twice - first in the eye of the mind and then in the physical world. The curriculum focuses on two basic things for the student:

  • Evolving the ability to recognize and appreciate human situations and aspirations
  • Understand “the camera” and its technicalities so that the camera becomes an extension of the photographer's inner eye
To give its students a comprehensive expertise in this art form, the course also engages the aspiring artists in:

  • Learning the language of photography
  • Understanding the technicalities of craft
  • Gaining an understanding & appreciation of photography by famous photographers
  • Getting trained in structuring of their thoughts
  • Lots of hands on, out of the class room experiences in photography & Industry interface

Upon its successful completion, the course opens up opportunities for creative expression and interesting assignments in fields of Photo journalism, Documentary photography, Street photography, Portraiture, Fashion photography, Landscape photography and– to name a few of the possibilities. These days a professional photographer has many channels for getting creative satisfaction and acclaim for his/her work by associating with NGOs, newspapers, magazines and websites.

Prospective students should note that one cannot become a successful photographer over a short period of time. Students need to be passionate and committed to the field and success comes after years of honing one’s skills.


  • Minimum age 20 yrs
  • Graduates in any stream
  • Admission is subject to an aptitude test followed by an interview.
  • Limited seats for undergraduates (10+2). Strictly on merit.


  • A creative and innovative bent of mind
  • Interest in and commitment for the subject
  • Knowledge of basic computer operations


This one-year course commences with workshops that connect the students to their own creative selves in this artistic pursuit. Students learn the basics of light, composition, exposure, shutter speed through various exercises and rigorous feedback sessions. The course gives special attention to critical appreciation of pictures by Master Photographers that makes it unique in comparison to regular Diploma in Photography or Digital Photography courses. ;

Workshops are organized on technical accessories such as flash, studio lights, reflectors, lenses, filters and also on subjects like music, films, theatre and painting. The aim is to give students an understanding of the basic drive and purpose of documenting human interest through photography.

Students are expected to visit exhibitions, seminars and symposiums, participate in debates and discussion to critically deconstruct media and its components. Photographers of repute visit the campus with their body of work to discuss their approach and experiences. This helps the students in developing their minds to look at things critically and thereby helps them to evolve an inner eye that sees things with newer perspectives.

The course is spread over three semesters including the following course content in each of its semester:

Semester I

  • Visualization and representation
  • History of photography
  • Purpose of Photography
  • Deconstruction of Media - I
  • Understanding other forms of artistic expressions - I
  • Critical appreciation of Masters' body of work - I
  • Meet photographers - I
  • Basics of Camera in Film SLR format
  • Exposure - interplay of shutter speed & aperture
  • Colour Theory
  • Understanding light and shadow in black and
    white and colour

  • Aesthetics of Composition
  • Basics of Light
  • Digital photography
  • Understanding - Natural Light, Flash, Reflector
  • Studio lights, lenses and Filters
  • Documenting life through Portraiture
  • Developing curatorial capability
  • Post-production of Images - cropping, colour correction, Enhancement
Semester II

  • History of Indian Photography
  • Deconstruction of Media - II
  • Critical appreciation of Masters' body of work - II
  • Meet photographers - II
  • Documenting life through photo journalism
  • Celebrating life through fashion photography
  • Celebrating nature through landscape photography
Semester III

This semester is aimed at developing curatorial skills of each student enrolled. The body of work created by each student is critically dissected and analyzed before it becomes part of an annual photo exhibition. Students understand the process of captioning a picture, mounting it on a wall and present it to the audience as part of their preparations for the annual photo exhibition. Students are also taught through special sessions as to how to deal with the business of photography, understand the pricing dynamics and how to market their work. The exhibition works as a platform for the students to showcase their work for critical public appreciation in the form of their diploma project.


Amit Pasricha
Amit Pasricha specializes in panoramic digital photography, a technique he has used in a lot of his books.

He has done ten solo exhibitions. His work has been exhibited in Solo Exhibitions in New York, London and Delhi. In December 2012, the ICCR mounted an exhibition of his panoramic photographs in Berlin as part of the Festival of India in Germany.

After a stint at the Maine Photographic Workshops in U.S.A., working with leading National Geographic photographers including Mary Ellen Mark and David Allard, he was back at doing serious ‘social landscape’ photography. But parallelly, he worked with a diverse clientele for catalogues, corporate brochures, annual reports, magazines, books and even with fashion designers. Besides Goa-Pearl of the East, his work has appeared in several books on Rajasthan, Kerala, Delhi and India along with a book on Indian Royalty titled Maharaja.

Idris Ahmad
idris’s photography invites you to come along on his travels and explore new worlds as he sees them through his camera. The playful joie de vivre of children on the snow covered slopes of spiti, the calm amid the cacophony of the kumbh, the brooding stillness of majestic mountains: idris’s camera brings many stories to life. All of his pictures tell a story, but with each viewer entitled to their own vision.

idris taught photography for several years before striking out on his own. A trip to Spiti convinced him to begin his career as a freelance photographer and he hasn’t looked back since. He has traveled widely, looking at the world through his viewfinder, and his photographs span a series of subjects and places. Feel humbled by the sheer vastness of spiti, see a riot of colors envelop the world as villagers play Holi in Braj, and see the faithful return from prayers at Jerusalem  in Israel.

Prashanth Viswanathan
Prashanth Viswanathan is a free-lance photographer, creating still images in the sub continent of India. He has worked professionally in this  field since October 2006. His experience varies from working for news wires (Reuters,Bloomberg), newspapers ( New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The National) and magazines, ( Forbes, Businessweek,Time , Newsweek) , to non government organizations ( Action Aid), and other feature agencies. Also currently branching out into multimedia and short audio visual series of images.

The focus of his work is on documentary photography, including events, weddings, political activism, visual sociology and news photojournalism.

Sebastian Cortes
Sebastian Cortés born in New York, took up photography while at New York University film school where he studied and collaborated with many of the best names in the industry, shooting several short films. In 1985 moved to Milan, Italy and started shooting fashion and lifestyle photography assignments for many international magazines and commercial clients, while also concentrating on portraits and fine-art work. His clients include: American Express, Departures, Condè Nast, Travel+Leisure, Ermenegildo Zegna, Escada, CP Company, Oberoi Group. In 2004 Sebastian moved together with his family to India, where his award wining travel, lifestyle and fashion photography is greatly appreciated and enriched by several book projects. His work has been shown and reviewed widely in Europe.

Sumit Dayal
Born in 1981, Sumit grew up in a small neighborhood of Kathmandu where his family continues to reside. 

In 2006, he graduated from the documentary and photojournalism programme at the International Center of Photography in New York.

Sumit's work has been has published in Time, Glamour, Vrij Nederland, Shell UK, Soros Foundation Nepali Times, Dan Church Aid, Vanity Fair andHimal. He is based out of New Delhi and is currently working on his first book about his mother-land Kashmir.

Tarun Khiwal
Although an engineer by education, Tarun became a photographer by choice, a decision that resulted in making him one of the most sought after photographers in India. A simplistic approach combined with a touch of glamour is what characterizes Tarun’s personal style in photography, something that has been setting benchmarks in the fashion and advertising circuits of India for many years now.

Tarun shoots for Fashion, Editorial, Advertising, Beauty and Portrait for National and International Clients. Today, his portfolio has international corporate giants and prominent celebrities, among others.

He has been the recipient of innumerable prestigious awards like, Marie Claire fashion photographer of the year 2009, Epson stylus Pro 2006, F Award 2005, Ashian Photography Award 2005, HasselBlad Masters 2005, MTV Style Lycra Award 2004, Kingfisher Fashion Photographer of the Year 2004.

Vidura Jang Bahadur
Born in 1975, in Lusaka, Zambia, Vidura Jang Bahadur studied at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and went on to receive his Master’s degree in Mass Communication from MCRC at Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi. Following his graduation, Vidura spent three years traveling in China, where he taught English, studied Chinese, and learnt about the various facets of the complex Chinese culture. Through his work, Bahadur tries to create a better understanding of communities and individuals. His recent projects include a series of photographs that focus on the Chinese community in India.


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